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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Students don't need to partake & still socialize.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Some people use and many people don't. It's easy to find people with similar values

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I had an issue with a roommate and drugs and everyone who was involved treated the situation very fairly. It was resolved without anyone getting into trouble, but I was still able to voice concern and get the person help. Campus living and everyone involved were very understanding and pleasant to work with. They are concerned for everyone's safety and are not looking to get people in trouble, but help them instead.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Weed is everywhere. Step on campus and you'll smell it. I've only seen one person ever get caught and the disciplinary actions are weak. You won't be peer-pressured if you don't partake but you might feel a little left out when you're friends go out into the forest to smoke a joint.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school is pretty strict, but students definitely drink and do drugs on a regular basis.

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It is no secret that marijuana is widely used at Lewis & Clark, but there is usually not too much pressure to partake in the activity if you’re simply not interested. Smokers are more likely to be picky about giving it out, so it really isn’t a big issue. That being said, though, it’s definitely prevalent on campus. Most students know how to balance their partying and studying, and if not, learn to because the academics at LC can be demanding depending on the classes, and students can’t afford to be constantly partying if they want decent grades.

Unsurprisingly, alcohol is also prevalent on campus, but it's not usually too big of a problem. A lot of drinking happens off campus or quietly in the dorms. Cigarettes are more popular than would be expected, so much so that the school decided to do something about it. After a survey was sent out to the student body in 2008, nearly 75 percent of students asked for a change in the smoking policy. As a result, there are Designated Smoking Areas or DSAs; these are tables located outside of the dorms, indicated by a green umbrella. Smoking anywhere other than these DSAs is prohibited on campus. The occasional student will rebel against these rules and can be seen walking to class enjoying his or her last cigarette for the hour, but it’s hardly ever a problem. Student smokers typically use the DSAs, and all other non-smoking students are pretty happy about it being that way.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco/nicotine
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Service
Templeton Campus Center
(503) 768-7160
Therapy for students with alcohol- and drug-related problems is available.
Did You Know?
At Lewis & Clark, alcohol is allowed in the dorms as long as the student is age 21 or older. But providing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age can get the 21-and-up students into a lot of trouble.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 33 responses

  • 38% Marijuana
  • 33% Alcohol
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 9% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 5% Ecstasy
  • 1% None
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 9% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 34% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 47% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 9% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 50% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 19% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 32 responses

  • 6% Very limited.
  • 31% Somewhat limited.
  • 62% Somewhat abundant.
  • 0% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 32 responses

  • 31% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 66% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 3% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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